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Alice Walker Pens Beautiful Tribute Poem for Julian Bond



Poet and Author Alice Walker posted a tribute to the late Julian Bond on her website. His death on August 15 left a community heartbroken. Walker's poem remembers the Civil Rights leader from when he was a young activist and reflects on his long lasting legacy.
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Julian


The first time I sang
We Shall Overcome
Was in a circle
On the lawn of Trevor Arnett Library
At Atlanta University
And by chance
I was holding
Your hand.
We were all so young,
Julian,
And so hopeful
In our solidarity.
I stumbled over some of the words
In the new to me
Song
But you sang solemnly,
Correctly,
Devoutly,
Believing every word
You sang
With your whole
Handsome
Heart.
A friend writes
That you will be buried
At sea
And I nod
Because that is how it felt
Those years so long ago;
That we were so young,
Vulnerable,
Swimming against
An awesome tide of hatred
And despair
Definitely
At sea.


Continue reading on Alice Walker's website.

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